It was May 2nd 2016 and a May Bank Holiday.
There were around 3,500 people visiting a rail depot in Bristol. Why I hear you ask? Well, it was he 40th anniversary of the High Speed Train being celebrated at an open day at St Philips Marsh depot in Bristol. Of course, being a female‘anorak’( probably quite a rare species nowadays – known as ‘trainspotters’) I just had to attend.
GWR displayed some rather fine examples of its fleet. I just had to take some photos too – ducking beneath the vast array of ‘anoraks’ and visitors with their extremely large cameras, who were as intent as I was, clicking away at a plethora of fab diesel and steam engines together with GWR rolling stock! With Classes 08, 43, 57, 150, 158 and 166 attending the event, along with main line and preserved locomotives, many of which were regular visitors to Bristol, everyone had a brilliant time – including Isambard Kingdom Brunel (who seemed to enjoy being photographed) graced us with his presence!